POLICIA Nacional have launched an investigation after discovering a dead migrant in Malaga this morning.

The 36-year-old had been held in the Archidona prison since November 20 and is reportedly from Algeria, in Africa.

He was found lifeless by guards, who said they tried to resuscitate him, but to no avail.

A court in Murcia authorised the man’s internment in November and ruled he could be held until January 18.

Policia Nacional are investigating the death and say they are awaiting forensic results.

Sources say the evidence points towards a suicide.

Since November, migrants who have been rescued or washed up on the shores of Murcia and Almeria, have been moved to the newly built prison in Archidona.

The Ministry of the Interior justified the controversial decision, saying the prison is currently not in use and that the measure is temporary.

It said a ‘collapse of the system’ due to authorities being overwhelmed left little other options.